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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Bay Area Has Only One Club in the World's Top 100, According to Pollstar. Huh?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

The No. 30 club in the world, according to Pollstar.
  • The No. 30 club in the world, according to Pollstar.

Update: Aaron Siuda, vice president of marketing at Live Nation Northern California, says that his firm generally does not report ticket sales to Pollstar. But he said if it had provided numbers, the Fillmore would have been in the Top 10 clubs on the Pollstar list. (Shoreline, also a Live Nation venue, wasn't on the Pollstar list of top amphitheaters. If numbers had been reported, Suida says, it would have been No. 2.) This feels more like the Bay Area music scene we know.

Original story: The concert industry trade site Pollstar released its annual list of the Top 100 clubs in the world today, as ranked by reported ticket sales, and San Francisco -- and indeed the entire Bay Area -- somehow has only one entry.

Since there are six listings in the L.A. area, three in the Twin Cities, seven in New York City, and three in Portland, it's kind of surprising that only the Independent made the list at No. 30, with 87,601 tickets sold in 2011, just behind Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla.

This is only a list of what Pollstar deems "clubs," not amphitheaters or arenas -- which could be why places like the Fillmore, the Fox, and the Warfield didn't make the list. (But to our minds, it still doesn't explain why New York City's Terminal 5, which has a capacity of 3,000, would make the list, while the smaller Fillmore and Fox wouldn't.)

Terminal 5, by the way, was ranked No. 1 worldwide in 2011, with 258,903 tickets sold. Other notable listees include the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, the Knitting Factory in Reno, and something called the Hot Entertainment Destination in Fargo, North Dakota.

Check out the list full below. If you have any thoughts as to why the Bay Area did so poorly on this list, please share them in the comments.



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